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Simson Seeks Back-to-Back Super Senior Titles

Defending champion Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C. (USGA photo)

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (May 7, 2018) -- One hundred thirty-two players will compete in the Carolinas Golf Association's (CGA) 10th Carolinas Super Senior Championship at Gaston Country Club in Gastonia, N.C. on May 9-10, 2018. This will be the twelfth CGA championship held at the club. The North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship will be played at the club this summer, August 1-5.

The Carolinas Super Senior crowns the best player in the Carolinas age 65 and over. This championship is conducted at 36 holes of stroke play. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index®. Players may sign up for the 65+ or 70+ age division.

Related: Championship Web Site | Full Field of Players | History | Starting Times | Hole-by-hole scoring

In last year's championship, Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C. edged Russ Perry of Winston-Salem, N.C. by a single shot at Fort Mill Golf Club. Simson grabbed the Carolinas Super Senior victory in his first year of eligibility. Garrett Garland of Huntersville, NC won the 70+ division by four shots over Mark Weiner of Kiawah Island, SC.


Players to Watch:

  • Defending champion Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C. The most decorated golfer in CGA history, Simson now holds 33 all-time titles.
  • 2016 champion Raymond Davisof Apex, N.C.
  • Arlis Pike of Kernersville, N.C. won this championship three consecutive years before Davis ended that streak.
  • Ron Carpenter of Creedmoor, N.C. is a five-time CGA champion. Carpenter won the North Carolina Super Senior in 2014.
  • Russ Perry of Winston-Salem, N.C. has claimed six CGA championships. Perry finished runner-up to Simson in 2017.

Past Champions in the Field:
Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. (2017)
Raymond Davis, Apex, N.C. (2016)
Arlis Pike, Kernersville, N.C. (2013, 2014, 2015)
John Walters, Charlotte, N.C. (2012)

Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 65th birthday, maintains a residence in North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA), and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® that does not exceed 15.4 at a CGA member club.

Competition Schedule:
Wednesday, May 9
Round 1 – 18 holes stroke play

Thursday, May 10
Round 2 – 18 holes stroke play
Lunch and awards immediately following play for players


About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed over $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    

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